Introducing the fabulous Lottie Davies: Creative designer and maker behind our popular Glorious Gloria Feather Pendants.
When did you launch Coldharbour Lights?
I formally launched CHL in September 2017 at the Brixton Design Trail, as part of the London Design Festival.
What is your background or training?
After my degree in Theatre with Art + Design, I went on to train at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. Whilst in Paris I was also a student of the LEM - Laboratory of Movement Study an architect-led research studio that investigates the dramatic space and movement through experimental structures and dynamic costumes.
What was your most memorable theatre scene?
I played a lonely neighbour whose only friend was her goldfish. When she woke to find that her fish had died, she desperately tried to resuscitate it by blowing urgent bubbles into the water with a straw, to no avail. The tragedy and the comedy were inseparable. I do love the vitality of extreme contrasts.
How do you find inspiration for your designs?
Again, I look for contrasts. My guiding principle is keeping it light (no pun intended!). So whatever I do, it needs to be lightweight and have a ‘light touch’ - ie. be simple in its design. I am inspired by materials and I am guided by their properties, understanding what they are good at. My sketches for new designs usually take shape in 3D, as I play with materials and see what they can do. So my inspiration is very physical.
What is your favourite piece from your collection?
It has to be the Bertie Feather Chandelier which is a two tiered feather light shade with the impact and volume of a chandelier. I like the fact that it looks so glamorous and flamboyant yet can put up in seconds.
What style is your own home and who do you share it with?
I live in London in an Edwardian house with my husband and my two children. The house has a blend of many original features and modern elements I think the term 20th century would cover it. Mid century meets Edwardian gentlemen’s club, meets 70’s airport lounge.
What plans do you have for the future?
In 2021 am planning to show at all the design shows that I had booked for 2020. The highlight of which was showing for the first time at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. I’m really looking forward to widening my reach in the US. I am also looking forward to launching my new range later this year. It will feature much bigger feather light shades (over 1 metre diameter) that I look forward to seeing in hospitality spaces.
What advice would you give to someone who has an interest in launching a homewares business?
Fortune favours the brave. Take the first step, no matter how small it is. If you have a vision, keep taking steps, putting yourself out there, talking to people and daring to imagine a future for your business.
Which are your favourite French Bedroom Company products?
I love the elegant simple lines of the Beauté Mystique Black Glass Console Table. I like the way it looks lacquered, it’s so elegant. The Plushious Velvet Emerald Green Bedspread is a stunning colour, especially in velvet. I’d love that bedspread on my bed.
What is bringing you comfort during lockdown?
It is a lifesaver to have my studio at the end of the garden so I can keep on working and be around for my family too. The lockdown bonus has been that the wild flower meadow we laid in the winter is now surprising us daily with its bounty of new flowers and grasses. The bees and the butterflies love it too. It makes me smile to walk through it every day to get to work.